I have central heat and air myself, but I remember Paul mentioning he has individually-controlled heat in his home. I just saw an ad on facebook for this thermostat and thought it might be of interest. I also remember Paul mentioning he's made of money and loves spending large sums on house projects, so it seems a perfect fit. ;) Joking aside, thermostats like this might pay for themselves at some point depending on utility costs and efficiency gains.
It isn't quite the 3:2 Paul longs for, but it's a step closer. Looks like a sweet machine, too, with Ice Lake processors. However, the new version isn't fanless. Hmmm....
Paul, any chance you would consider reviewing Dell's new Latitude 7400 2-in-1? I look forward to your hardware reviews and I know you review many devices each year--perhaps to the point of overload. But this particular notebook looks like nothing Dell has made before--it appears to be a perfect combination of the XPS line's premium materials and finishes and the Latitude line's business-focused feature set. I'm especially curious about the usefulness of the proximity sensor that detects your presence and causes the laptop wake up in combination with the Windows Hello camera. And since you have a history of reviews, I'm especially interested to know what you think of this machine compared to those from other manufacturers with which it competes--Thinkpad X1 Yoga, HP EliteBook x360 1040, etc. I remember you mentioning that you prefer 14" screens as do I, and I have a longstanding affinity for Dell products (say what you will...), so this 7400 2-in-1 has me very interested.
I don't travel a tremendous amount; generally just enough to maintain status on my preferred airline. According to my TripIt travel stats, I've made 76 trips since 2012, or an average of around 11 per year, and mos of those were domestic. For the past several years, I've nearly always traveled with three devices: a phone, a Windows 10 device of some sort, and an iPad. Each serves its specific and intended purposes: the PC is for work, the iPad is for both productivity and entertainment while in transit, and the phone is for, well, phone stuff. But a few weeks ago I picked up a Surface Pro (2017) with Advanced LTE. I love it, and decided to conduct a little experiment to see if it could serve the purpose of both the laptop and the iPad. the answer was a nearly immediate no: there is no Wired Magazine app in the Microsoft store. And so ends the experiment. The iPad goes back in the bag. Of course I can get the paper version of the magazine but that's not the point. As has been the case all along with the Windows/Microsoft app store, everyone has "that one app" they need but that isn't available.
To me, this is where running Android apps natively on Windows comes in. If I could run the Android version of the Wired magazine app, it would make Windows 10 "good enough" that I could drop the iPad and travel with just two devices. Paul's notes in his Aug. 24 Ask Paul column that a commenter pointed out that Microsoft planned to implement native Android app support in Windows but dropped it because the apps ran too well and presumably posed a threat to the Windows developer community. I argue that the threat already exists, and I agree with the notion that one might argue UWP has already lost and that adding native Android app support to Windows now makes sense.
For work reasons, I have no choice but to travel with a Windows 10 PC. So the question is what else I choose to travel with. If Windows 10 becomes "good enough" (presumably via native Android app support), then I'll travel with just the Surface Pro and iPhone. But until then, I'll continue to travel with multiple devices while I keep looking for something else that's "good enough." And that's the point: Microsoft is in the perfect position to reach that "good enough" spot quickly whereas Chrome OS, iOS, and others would have a long way to go. And if Microsoft reaches that point of being "good enough," maybe people will notice and stop actively trying to get away from it. And that, ultimately, could help the Windows developer community.
And maybe the distinction between Android developers and Windows developers will begin to blur. It seems like that would help Windows insofar as many of us are required to use Windows for one reason or another, but make doing so easier and less painful.
Just my two cents worth.
(and yes, I know I there are numerous ways I could accomplish what I want to accomplish with emulators, virtualization, workarounds, etc., etc. But that isn't the point. I, and many other readers here, have the skills necessary to do those things. Normal people don't, and it's those normal people who would benefit from native Android app support.)
i found this to be interesting and it speaks to some of the points Paul made in his posts about health, carbs, and weight loss: https://www.netflix.com/Title/80238655
Brad and Paul, since First Ring Daily is now available to everyone, is there any chance you have plans to distribute it via iTunes and other traditional podcast distribution channels? It would be great to download it and listen offline like I do all my other podcasts.
I'm not sure when this started, but .ICS files no longer open in Outlook 2016 on Windows 10 for me. Instead, they open in the unremovable Calendar app which, of course, isn't something I care to use. Of course there is no place to set a default calendar app and I can't even associate the .ics file extension with Outlook. When I try, my only options are to associate with the Calendar app or to find another app in the store. Good grief. Any ideas?
Twice-bankrupt RadioShack is auctioning off much of their old museum-worthy gear: https://ubidestates.hibid.com/catalog/103245/radioshack-auction–1/
Any chance there's a Thurrott.com mobile app or method for offline/mobile/"living room" podcast viewing in the works? Paul mentioned not long ago on one of the podcasts that he records an HGTV show and he and his wife take a lunch break and watch it. I also work from home and do the same thing--and I'd like to watch First Ring Daily in the living room each day; preferably via an Apple TV app. And an option to download episodes and watch them on a plane would be great.
Can anyone out there shed some light on the roadmap for Skype, Skype for Business, and more to the point, if and/or when they'll ever be combined into one product? To say Microsoft is bad at naming its products is an understatement, but it's especially true here. "Skype Meetings," an obviously business-focused feature of the consumer half of the Skype brand, only serves to muddy the waters further. It's almost as if Microsoft has forgotten why products have names--to differentiate one product from another.